MONSTER BRAINS MUNCH MIX...the MOST REQUESTED ROOM MOM SNACK EVER!!!


While I profess myself to be all about Fall Harvest and not Halloween, I can tell you when my boys were smaller, there was lots of Halloween partying..just not too scary and costumes were always more cutesy. Something I pride myself on is I was always a room mom. And boy did I get into it. I was reminiscing about all these school parties recently and a memory brought this recipe flooding back. Back in the day, the school parties were still focused on Halloween too so one Kindergarten year, I created this munch mix that I made lil rice crispy green brains and filled 32 treat bags with such mix and added a "brain" to each. About a week later I got a call from Mrs. Hochstetler, the kindergarten teacher saying she had had more than half a dozen calls from moms requesting the recipe. The kids had taken their lil treat bags home and the moms went crazy for the sweet and salty concoction. So a recipe went home with each student the next day and even in the later elementary years, I was still hearing about how much they loved that munch mix. Oh what fun those class parties were...I'll be thinking about them all week while I snack on my Monster Brains Munch Mix. Yum



I like to serve it in a plastic black cauldron with a pretty scooper. 


 What you'll need

Monster Brains Munch Mix
INGREDIENTS 
5 cups Crispix cereal
2 cups bite sized pretzels
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
3 cups Bugles
1 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup Light corn syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla
Butter

Monster Brains
6 1/2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1/4 cup Butter
1 10oz bag Mini Marshmallows
1 tsp.Vanilla
Candy Eyes

DIRECTIONS: Combine Crispix, pretzels, peanuts in a large bowl and set aside. Cook brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring to coat well. Add bugles and stir again. Spread evenly onto a lightly greased aluminum foil lined jelly roll pan (15x10 inches) or I've used 2 9x13 pans. Bake at 325ºF for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice. Spread immediately onto parchment paper or wax paper. Let stand to cool completely, separating mixture into individual pieces as it cools. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in M&M's. While cooling , make up a batch of rice krispie treats adding some green food coloring. Shape into 2-3 inch balls and add candy eyes. Should make 32-35 "brains". When completely cooled add them to the munch mix. Store in an airtight container or make up individual treat bags with a "monster brain" in each bag.


The "Monster Brains" to add to your mix
Back in the Day, I didn't have these eyeball candies to use, they sure Up-ED the Cute factor!
Candy Eyes from Amazon HERE



Treat bag Fun!!

xoxo

41 comments:

  1. These are so fun I can see why they were such a hit!! I'm pretty sure your co-workers wouldn't mind getting a little treat bag like this! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I did the Halloween parties for my daughter's room every year through 5th grade. Miss those days! These treats are so darn cute! i can see why they are the most requested!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  3. So cute! I might have to whip up a batch and send them to my son at school.

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  4. These are so stinkin' cute! What a great idea for a class party.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. How cute are you!!! Best mom ever. These snacks look too cute to eat but I'm sure I'd find a way ;) have a great day beautiful!

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  6. I am absolutely making this with my son! So cute and looks delish!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh what a cute idea for a school treat, Andrea! And so easy to just dye the rice krispie treats green! The eyeballs are definitely an added bonus. So cute!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  8. So cute! I am making these THIS week for my kids snacks and lunches. What a fun idea!

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  9. So cute and fun!!! Love a good snack mix too! My mother-in-law makes a really good one so this makes me think of her. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that your week is off to a great start! :-)

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  10. That is just perfect. SO festive!!! Kids gotta love those!

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  11. Oh my goodness my little grandkids would find these amazing !!! I will have to plan a Saturday when there's NO football to make these with them both !!!

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  12. How yummy, cute, and festive! No wonder these are so highly-requested! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. These are so stinking cute!! And girl, you cannot go wrong with Bugles. I love those things SO MUCH!

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  14. How fun!!! I will have to set this idea aside for when I have to make things for baby girls classes/parties!!! So fun! Anything that has bugles is a win for me. Those things are so darn good!

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  15. Oh my gosh, that meme! Haha. Even though I'm not an elementary school teacher I can totally relate! And this sounds delicious and so much fun.

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  16. Yum! I need some of this to snack on right now, and I love that there's even eyeball candies now!

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  17. So cute! I bet they loved that! :)

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  18. So fun!! My son would love this, too!! Thanks for always sharing these great seasonal ideas, that are realistic! You're the best!!

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  19. Oh these are just so fun! I will have to add this to my list of things to make with and for my nieces and nephews!

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  20. This is super cute! What a fun idea!

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  21. What a fun idea for a Halloween party! My boys would love these!

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  22. What a cute and tasty snack!

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  23. Really cute idea! My kids would love it. Thanks for the idea!

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  24. Hahaha, Wow if we would do Halloween here I would make that!

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  25. Oh my goodness, Andrea, I love how you were class mom! I also may have totally made my mind up that you were for your boys a few months back!!! You're so creative in the kitchen and the mama I look up to over here in blog land. Love you to pieces sweetness! xoxoxox

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  26. That's so cute! Now I want to have a Halloween party & make that. Perhaps next year.

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  27. This is too cute! This would be perfect to make with my boys!

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  28. Holy cow how cute are these?!

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  29. What a cute idea for a not-so-scary Halloween treat for kids and I can't believe you came up with this recipe. Sometimes sweet and salty go perfectly together and this sounds like it was the perfect mix of both given that all the moms were raving about it!

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  30. I like this! I might toss in some candy corn. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. I love this idea! Such a great way to have fun for the kids... both big and little... In fact, I am sharing this with my daughter, she will absolutely love it. I found you at #ImpartingGrace today.

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  32. Could this be any more adorable? No, no it could not! I love that you were the over the top room mom . . . I was also that mom and loved every minute of it! My Halloween treat that I was known for was 3 big marshmallows on a skewer dipped in white chocolate and little eyes and mouths added in decorator icing . . . aww, those were the days for sure!

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  33. Your special treats are just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  34. This look ridiculously good - I can see why everyone was calling for the recipe!

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  35. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday! Pinning!

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  36. These are just darling! Thanks for bringing them by Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

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  37. What a super cute idea! I am definitely making this for my little dude. I can't wait to be a room mom too!

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  38. I may have just bookmarked this!! Love this idea.

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  39. Ahhhhh SO cute! Thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity -- pinning, tweeting... and featuring you tonight!

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  40. These are great idea and I love it. If I was a kids I would want these yummy goodies bags. Thank you for stopping by Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

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